What coffee really does for your body…

It's best to have your brew between 10am and midday or between 2pm and 5pm in sync with our body's rhythms.

It’s best to have your brew between 10am and midday or between 2pm and 5pm in sync with our body’s rhythms.
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It’s best to have your brew between 10am and midday or between 2pm and 5pm in sync with our body’s rhythms.

We’re a coffee-drinking nation – and it’s not a bad habit to have.

It’s generally accepted that moderate coffee consumption – which varies from person to person, but is no more than two to four cups a day – seems to be a healthy habit rather than a dangerous vice.

“Find out what’s right for you. There are genetic differences that seem to predict how quickly people metabolise caffeine. Some people need less caffeine than others,” says Harris R Lieberman, PhD, a research psychologist with the US Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine in Massachusetts.

Its many benefits include improving our heart health, reducing the risk of diabetes and even perking up our performance in the bedroom.

It’s best to have your brew between 10am and midday or between 2pm and 5pm in sync with our body’s rhythms. Having it before 9am can wreak havoc on your cortisol levels while leaving your latte until late in the day can mess with your sleep cycle, by confusing your body clock.

READ MORE: * A coffee a day to keep disease at bay
* Does coffee make you need to go to the toilet? This video explains why
* Coffee could prevent colon cancer’s return
* How to enjoy coffee without harming your waistline

But, our daily brew does more to our bodies than affect our sleep.

The chemical drip down affects everything from our eyes and lungs, our bowels and brainpower. Here is how.

Read a lot more here:

http://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/well-good/teach-me/72464889/what-coffee-really-does-to-your-body

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